Almack's Dance Hall Opens in New York City

October 19 1842

One of the first black men to open his own establishment in antebellum New York City, Pete Williams' dance hall is said to have birthed what we know to be modern tap dancing. At Almack's Dance Hall, located in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan (where the New York City Supreme Court currently stands), Irish immigrants and free black Americans alike mingled, supposedly mixing the Irish jig and black shuffle to create this new form of dance.

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